U.S. Customs

SBD serves a highly global community, with a high demand for international travel services. SBD is a user-fee customs airport located in the desirable Southern California market, authorized to process international flights. To help our passengers, businesses and aviation customers prepare for and meet their international travel needs, the newly opened International Terminal provides efficient and convenient processing for international flights arriving at or departing from San Bernardino International Airport.

International Flight Clearance

Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policy requires General Aviation and Charter Aircraft to stop at the Southern U.S. Border for clearance. An Overflight Exemption will allow an aircraft to fly past the border to another Port of Entry to clear CBP.

Once an application for a Southern Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) is received, the process may take 4 – 12 weeks. Air ambulances may request a one-time exemption.

Completed forms should be mailed to:

Landing Rights Office
Customs and Border Protection
11099 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Pilots with questions regarding the application can call or e-mail the following:

Landing Rights Office, CBP – LAX:
(310) 348-4690
LANDINGRIGHTS-LAX@cbp.dhs.gov

CBP San Bernardino International Airport:
Office Phone: (909) 382-7291
Cell Phone: (909) 663-7833
SBIACUSTOMS@cbp.dhs.gov

U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Public Bulletin No. LA13 regarding Changes to Southern Border BOE Process

CPB Form 442 - Application for Exemption from Special Landing Requirements (Overflight)
CPB Form 442A - Overflight Pilot / Crewmember Personal Information Release

Landing Rights Request

International flights should make landing rights requests with SBD CBP between 0800-1530 for same-day arrival, with a minimum of one hours notice.

Landing rights requests can be made with the SBD CBP Office Monday through Friday during office hours for any future weekday or weekend arrival.

Landing rights requests should be made no later than 1530 on Friday, for a Saturday, Sunday or a Monday morning arrival before 0800.

To make an after-hours request for permission to land with an ETA for that night or that weekend:

  • The pilot must call the CBP cell phone for the Duty Officer (909-663-7833), to request Landing Rights.
  • Voice mail messages will not be considered a notice of arrival. The pilot must verbally communicate with the Duty Officer to request permission to land at SBD after hours. In some cases permission to land will not be granted by the Duty Officer.
  • The request for Landing Rights must be made at least 2.5 hours prior to the aircraft’s arrival at SBD on the weekend or holiday. When the aircraft arrives before the arrival of the Duty Officer, the crew and passenger(s) will have to remain onboard the aircraft.

After permission to land has been granted:

  • Contact the SBD FBO with expected ETA (phone 909-382-6068).
  • Transmit flight and passenger information to EAPIS.

General declarations for arriving and departing commercial or charter flights may be emailed to sbiacustoms@cbp.dhs.gov.

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